Posted: 28/09/2015 at 16:16
I was quite looking forward to this race, even though Kenilworth 4 weeks ago had been vile. I'd got a bit more consistent training in and a couple of shorter distance PB's including a never before attempted as an adult 1500 and a PB at a hilly Leamington parkrun. So i thought it might go better.
Woke up with a pretty nervy tummy and was on the loo all morning but this is quite typical for me pre-race and I had my normal porridge and cup of tea breakfast. My tummy was possibly a bit more crampy than usual but didn't occur to me that anything was wrong.
My plan was to try and average 7:20's but as the course profile is pretty lumpy this would obviously be really variable. The first three miles go off downhill with a short half mile hill after that, then a bit of flat followed by a 2 mile climb to the 7 mile point. Then a couple of miles of down with a nice hill; for the last mile.
So I knew to go out reasonably quickly for the first mile and sure enough this came to 6:55. Anyway, afterwards Strava put the GAP as 7:20 so bang on. Legs felt ok and I was running with a couple of clubmates who are around my pace, sometimes a little faster when fit so I thought I'd try and hang on to the back of them. Next couple of miles were ok and passed the 5k mark in about 22 minutes. OK, considering it was downhill.
Hitting the first hill I slowed to 7:51, but again GAP was 7:18 so still ok. Then came a nice down and I usually fly down these but I was poss coasting a little because I didn't make up as much ground as I should and I'd lost touch with my clubmates by now. Starting the two mile climb I was still feeling ok but recognised trouble half way up in the form of a heavy breathing Kenilworth woman. For the next mile I cat and moused with her. She kept trying to overtake and I'd speed up and shift position slightly so she'd drop back. This happened about four times before I realised I couldn't be arsed any more and let her go. At the top of the hill Club chairwoman (who'd done Moscow marathon last weekend) came bombing past me on a mission to ensure we had our V35 points in the bag.
My legs were feeling a bit weak at that point but I decided to push as much as possible til the end. Mile 8 and 9 were 7:25's but as they were actually downhill should have been quicker. The final hill was horrible and seemed to go on forever. But finally passed the 800m to go sign and ran what I felt was hard for the line. Just relieved it was all over in a PB time of 1:16:19.
Afterwards I had to lie down. Then spent the rest of the day feeling weak, shaky, cold and shivery. Didn't even feel better after food. My tummy felt sore and irritated somehow and I had to go to bed at 9pm last night with a fever. And today, not so well at all.
So good that I got a PB, think time should have been better but an impending virus/food poisoning probably cost me some strength. Funny because the last time I ran Rugby 10 I was sickening for something and only ran it as we needed the league points. Clearly a bogey race. And a tough course.